Veteran journalist Karima Brown has died after battle with Covid-19

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Karima Brown during the protest against SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng outside the SABC in Auckland Park.
Karima Brown during the protest against SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng outside the SABC in Auckland Park.
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  • Journalist Karima Brown was severely ill in hospital in recent weeks.
  • She contracted Covid-19.
  • Brown was a leading media figure, with an extensive career covering print, television and radio.

Veteran journalist Karima Brown has died, her family announced on Thursday morning.

She had recently contracted Covid-19.

"It is with deep sadness that we inform the public that our beloved sister and mother, Karima Brown, passed away this morning. She died from Covid-19-related complications," her relatives said in a statement.

"Karima was not just a prolific and well-known South African journalist and commentator, with deep footprints in print and broadcast media, but also and more importantly a well-loved friend, mentor, mother, colleague, daughter and confidante to countless people throughout a life lived fully, and with deep commitment to her most cherished values and principles."

The Semaar family said they were "enormously proud of the fierce determination she had shown, since her early years, to get involved in bringing about a more just, inclusive and anti-racist South Africa".

This determination also shaped her fearless approach to journalism. She was driven by a conviction that journalism must be in service of justice.

The family said they were "massively grateful for and humbled by the countless messages of support, and prayers, during Karima's recent hospitalisation".

"These comfort us as a family during this profoundly painful experience of loss."

Career in print and broadcasting

Brown held a number of senior media positions, including political editor at Business Day and group executive editor at Independent Media.

She also hosted several television and radio shows, including programmes on CNBC Africa and 702 Talk Radio.

Most recently she hosted the programme The Fix on eNCA.

The news channel's managing director Norman Munzhelele said Brown had been "a robust voice in South Africa's media landscape".

"She had a big personality and didn't shy away from voicing her opinions. Karima believed in hope. She was also a loving mother, a loyal friend and a committed colleague. Her death leaves a massive void for many," Munzhelele said in a statement.

"Our thoughts are with her son, family and friends at this sad time," eNCA said.

As news of her death broke, journalists and politicians alike shared their condolences, memories and tributes to Brown and her family.


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